Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria.

World Teachers’ Day: Governor Fayemi commends Ekiti teachers for dedication, commitment

October 6, 2022

…presents N10million cash gift each to best teacher in primary, secondary school, says Ekiti executes 886 projects, employs 1,558 teachers in 4 years

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has commended Ekiti teachers for their dedication and commitment to building the education sector to the enviable heights it had reached.

Fayemi, who stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday during the 2022 World Teachers Day disclosed that the commendable attitude of teachers informed the various exploits his administration has recorded in the education sector, urging them to brace up for the task ahead as the new administration would take the baton of leadership in few days.

The highpoint of the ceremony attended by teachers from the 16 local government and 19 LCDAs was the presentation of cheques of N10million each to the best teacher in Primary and secondary schools categories. The beneficiaries are Adeyemi Omolade of SUBEB Model School, Omuo Ekiti for the Primary category and kupolati Mary of Ilejemeje Community High School, Iye Ekiti for the Primary Category.

Other awards include twenty-six consolation prizes of N100,000 each cutting across both Primary and secondary schools while the first runners-up got N1million each and the second runners-up got N500,000 each.

Governor Fayemi noted that the quality of their teaching and the friendly learning environment provided in schools resulted in increase in enrolment of children in schools. This, he said, culminated in the establishment of additional ten secondary schools in 2021.

The Governor added that at the wake of his administration in 2018, he re-established the free and compulsory education programme and abolished levies on primary school pupils and secondary school students to forestall enrolment of children and ensure that no child drops out of school through the Executive Order 001.

He explained that the effort has made the state record the lowest out-of-school children and highest enrolment in Nigeria, urging teachers to maintain their hard work to improve on the remarkable performance of students at both internal and external examinations.

Dr Fayemi disclosed that a total 1,558 teachers were employed and 886 projects executed between 2016 and 2020 . They include construction of new blocks of classrooms, perimeter fencing, modern toilets, renovation of old blocks of classrooms and provision of school furniture among others.

At the event, which was attended by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, Executive Secretary of UBEC, Dr Hamid Bobboyi, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Olabimpe Aderiye, Dr Fayemi canvassed support for the Governor-elect and assured them that he would accord teachers’ welfare, entitlements and promotion the deserved priority.

“Today, I have come to thank you teachers, for your contributions and the values you have added. We are very proud of your outstanding performance that earned us the National Best Teacher of the year in 2020 and the 1st Runner Up in 2021. We also had national awards of the best public primary school and the best approved private secondary school in 2021. Ekiti was one of the award winning States in the 2021/2022 national Mathematics Day and SDG for Girls Child.

“As a result of the quality of your teaching and the friendly learning environment provided in our schools, enrolment increased from 191,117 in 2018 to 261,292 in 2022. This increase in enrolment automatically resulted in the need to establish additional ten secondary schools in 2021. The number of public primary and secondary schools in Ekiti increased from 901 to 906 and 196 to 203 respectively between 2018 and 2022.

“Moreover, 1,558 teachers were employed by SUBEB, TESCOM and BTVE within the past four years. The Provision of free, compulsory and qualitative education to Ekiti pupils and students has been at a great cost to us as a Government. So far, we have disbursed six hundred and fifty-five million naira (#655m) as running grants to public schools in Ekiti State.

“Similarly, we have paid a total of one billion, forty-four million, nine hundred and forty-one thousand, four hundred and fifty naira (#1,044,941,450) to enable 57,465 public school students sit for WAEC examination over the past 4 years. This is to ensure that, irrespective of the socio-economic status of their parents, they have the certificate as a proof of the education they have acquired.

“I am glad that all the efforts are yielding the desired results. Ekiti is one of the two states with the lowest out of school children in the whole of Nigeria (MICS 2021) and an 80.4% early childhood development index which is above the Nigerian average of 47.7% (MICS 2021).

Earlier, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Bimpe Aderiye commended the governor for the various motivations he accorded teachers since he assumed office and assured which made Ekiti teachers to be recognized nationally through the various laurels they have brought to the state.

In their separate goodwill messages, the SUBEB Chairman, Prof. Femi Akinwumi; national President of Nigeria Union of Teachers, Comrade Titus Amba; National President of Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASSUS), Comrade Samuel Omadi; NUT Chairman, Comrade Emmanuel Oke, ASSUS Chairman, Comrade Sola Adigun all commended Governor Fayemi for his giant strides in the education sector which had made the state to remain at the top.

They assured the government of teachers’ continued commitment and dedication to the overall interest of the state adding that the governor had made remarkable impact in the regular payment of salaries, running grants to schools, transformation of Technical Colleges, renovation of school building among others

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